Program Requirements

The 30-credit Master of Education Curriculum and Instruction Program is designed to provide advanced study for professional educators, with a particular focus on preK-12 schooling.

General Requirements:

The 30-credit program breaks down to the following requirements:

Content Area # of Courses Credits
Education Foundations 2: Choose 1 course from the following: EDFS 209, EDFS 347 or EDFS 380 or other approved courses (e.g. Research in the Digital Age EDCI 3XX) 6
General Curriculum 1: Choose 1 course from the following: EDLP 336, EDCI 333, EDCI 363 or EDCI 321) 3
Specialization 6: See specialization section 18
Elective 1: 1 course 3
Optional Master's Thesis The thesis replaces 2 of the 3 credit courses (total of 6 credits) 6


Comprehensive Examination:

Students will develop an e-portfolio to highlight their learning and work from the ten courses they took as part of their M.Ed. coursework.


Educational Technology

Specialization Description

This 18 credit Educational Technology Specialization provides a base of courses that leads to endorsement as Technology Integration Specialist in Vermont schools for those educators that are already licensed to teach in the state. All six courses are available online and therefore provide easy access for busy professionals. This series of courses can also lead to a Masters Degree in Curriculum & Instruction in Education and offer one an opportunity to become a technology literate educator.

Program of Study
  • Technology and Inquiry-Based Learning (EDCI 323)
  • Differentiated Instruction with Technology (EDCI 322)
  • Technology, Schooling, and Society (EDFS 320)
  • Teacher Leadership in Technology Integration (EDCI 325)
  • Current Topics in Assessment and Technology (EDCI 324)
  • Learning Theory, Instructional Design, and Technology (EDCI 321)
  • ePortfolios for Learning and Assessment

Library Media

Specialization Description

A series of courses to help educators gain licensure as school library media specialists. The content of the coursework addresses the essential competencies required by the State of Vermont. Upon completion of the series, qualified individuals may request transcript analysis by the State Department of Education. Currently, licensure is not automatic.

While the sequence originated with practicing educators in mind, it is by no means aimed exclusively at teachers. For most educators who are already certified, the basic courses in the series will provide competencies leading to licensure. For those who are not currently certified educators, additional competencies will be required, which may be obtained through related coursework. A conversation with Judy Kaplan, the coordinator of the sequence, will help determine the extent of those requirements for each individual. For those who need to gain particular competencies, individual courses may be taken. For licensed school library media specialists, courses in the sequence may serve as an important resource for professional development or recertification credits.

Program of Study
  • Managing School Library Media Centers (EDLI 272)
  • Developing and Organizing School Library Media Center Collections (EDLI 273)
  • Information Technologies for School Library Media Centers (EDLI 277)
  • Information Sources and Services for School Library Media Centers (EDLI 276)
  • Designing Instruction for School Library Media Centers (EDLI 274)
  • Children's and Young Adult Literature for School Library Media Specialists (EDLI 200)

Reading and Literacy

Specialization Description

The 30 credit-hour M.Ed. in Reading and Literacy may be achieved by completing:  24 credit hours in Reading and Literacy courses and 6 credit hours in Foundation courses.

A minimum of 30 credit hours of approved graduate level coursework must be successfully completed.  Specific program requirements are planned in collaboration with the program adviser.  Course work is offered during fall and spring semesters of the academic years as well as during the summer session.  If background in professional education is limited, additional courses will be required beyond the 30-hour program.

The 24 credit hours in Reading and Literacy courses include six (6) credit hours of clinical practicum.  Individuals who enter the program without previous coursework in Reading and Literacy, who plan to seek the Reading Specialist endorsement, should plan to take a 36 credit-hour M.Ed. program.

Program of Study
  • Cultivating Children's Literacy in Elementary/Middle School (EDLT 222)
  • Critical Issues in Language and Literacy (EDLT 385)
  • Multicultural Children's Literature (EDLT 236)
  • Literacy Assessment: Understanding Individual Differences (EDLT 375)
  • Clinical and Tutorial Approaches for Literacy Intervention (EDLT 376)

Independently Designed

A six course sequence selected in conversation with the Program Coordinator.